Friday, November 22, 2013

Condom Tales

Last night after buying the girls baon for school for the whole week, wifey told me to get them vitamins in Watsons. Along with our 6 year old Ate Bob, I told the sales clerk to get me a Clusivol vitamins. Right on the shelf in front of Ate Bob were condoms in all brands and she was reading it so much interest. Then she got one and asked me what is it but did not answer her query and told her to put it back. She put it back but still kept on reading the label.

When I was about to pay she went back to me and curious as I am asked her what is a condom.
Bob: It doesnt say anything Papa. Perhaps its a vitamin too. Could you get me one?

To which the sales clerk smiled up to her ears. Told her time to go home instead. :)

On other news, Baby Dax and Ate Bob competed in English Declamation today and wifey just called that both girls got 1st places in their respective category. Baby Dax for Pre School and Ate Bob for Grade 1. This calls for another celebration. Perhaps Star City tomorrow is a nice idea. What do you think?

On another news too, our home in Aklan was destroyed to the grounds too by Typhoon Yolanda. I told Mom and Dad not to fix the kitchen anymore since they will be leaving for good next month for NY. Anyway the living room and bedrooms are still there and the roof have been restored already. When I went home last week, nobody was spared. What really struck me the most was that trees and all vegetation alike looks like it was burned. The branches and leaves became black and brown and really I was wondering if the wind of Yolanda was on fire. Sounds like the song i hear sometimes. :)

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Wazzup Im Back!

And so I was gone for a long time and haven't updated my blog too. I was here and there and pre occupied with my new job which requires a lot of travelling.

Anyhow, just dropping by to make some updates about the girls.

Last night, the whole family went grocery shopping. Since we were not able to do it often lately, this time the cart was full to the brim. Then when we are just about to pay with a long queue before us, Ate Bob blurted out from nowhere (she roams around finding her own stuff most of the time), "Whoah, are you sure we have enough money to pay for ALL of that (looking at me)". Lols time again.

Anyway, both the girls joined a musical last time which I was not able to attend. Ate Bob got the coveted solo part and Baby Dax was one of the back up choirs. Here are some of the pictures.

Also, Baby Dax joined their Poem Contest and she lost as she stopped in the middle of her piece. Ate Bob though won bronze. Meanwhile for the Poster Making Contest, Baby Dax got the gold. Ate Bob joined the Quiz Bee in General Knowledge and during Nutrition Month and got all the Golds. Here are their medals:

By the way, Viktoria is almost a year now Lately, she's having some blood stain on the garage floor which means that she can have her own baby pups in no time. Look how lovely she is this time.

Also, when Baby Dax turned 4 years old, we spent the weekend in Tagaytay and enjoyed some fun rides in Sky Ranch. Here are some of the pictures except for the Skyranch I misplaced the pictures.

Happy 4th Birthday Baby Dax

 Ate Bob Gets to Ride on the Horse. 

And I get to have our own selfie on the tri-bike in Picnic Grove.

And some swimming in Wyndham Hotel Pool.

Halloween came like a thief in the night. As usual I wasnt here at home. Baby Dax was a princess and Ate Bob was not able to join because the celebration was for pre-schoolers only. Here's Baby Dax.

All Souls Day, we just spent it at home. I had a great time doing handyman jobs too in the house and in the condo. Finally, my tenants are all gone and I can have it repainted. Anyone interested to lease?

The candles the girls lighted the other night for our dead relatives and friends

And for the most recent picture of the girls for their staycation during Undas, the 70% on the inflatables was really worth it as every morning they keep on using it.

Bye for now. I might not be able to update as more often as I like due to work. Btw, we are building an ambitious windfarm project in Aklan just across Boracay Island. :) When it's done, you will not only visit the white beaches of Boracay but drop by our (my :) windfarm.

That's me in the mountains where the windfarm will be born. 

Overlooking those mountains is the famous Boracay Island.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When it Rains, it Fours :)

With reference to the almost one week of non-stop raining and the floods all over the Metro and the neighboring provinces, the  blessings in my life lately come in throngs and bunches. So much to thank for and so much to give back in return.

As I turn a year older today and (more) happier after leaving the corporate world, I wish for a continued blessing, happiness and living life to the fullest with my family. Though I've been extra busy lately to drop a line or two here in my blog, I wish I could write more in the days to come and post updates about Ate Bob and Baby Dax.

Life is Short. Live Your Dream and Share Your Passion. Cheers!

 Latest picture with the girls on their first day of school for this year.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Last Day of Work..

Instead of spending my last day of work in the office I opted to email my colleagues a farewell letter instead. I am going to post it here as the MIS admin might dissolve my official email account.

Pardon the selfie and the early morning drama...

Leaving however grandiose and promising the next destination is always bittersweet. I guess it is true that it hurts more to the one who will leave than to those who will be left behind.  For one, it is one of the most serene and happy phase in my life. It is where I had my two, pretty and lovely daughters with an equally stunning and caring wife. It is where I got my first house. My first trip abroad. It is where I found contentment. It is where I get to sleep peacefully and soundly every single night. It is where I feel I am complete and couldn’t ask for more. In short, the  best times in my life was with you guys. 

For the past few days, I was trying to shake off the feeling of loneliness everytime i think about leaving the office. I was trying to hold back but deep inside it does hurt after all. Big time. Now, it hurts all the more that it is my last day. Which explains why I am not in the Office today. While it is unplanned as I still have plenty of things left in the Office I guess it would be better for me not to spend my last day with you guys as I might end up soaked in my own tears the service road of Roxas Blvd might be flooded. Kidding aside, I am teary eyed now that I have to leave you. 

In all of these (dami ko ng sinabi), I just want to thank you guys for bearing with me, listening to me (rants and light moments as well) and for being supportive all throughout my years with PEZA. now the countdown.

Vivs, thanks a lot for always being the cool and super kind boss. I couldn't ask for more. I hope there are more bosses  like you. I wish that you will have your own mini me too. The pleasure and contentment it offers is immeasurable. Work on it double time (*wink with grin). :) calling richard!!!

For the team, I wish you good luck.  In our line of work and in the work setting that we have, it is always about service and giving our locators a silver spoon so that the companies will continue to feed the hungry tummy of starving Filipino people (like me) :).

for popsie, i wish you good health and some divine intervention also(*wink ). and oh, of some biblical proportions as well (*wink once more and lol too). nah, your the best popsie in the whole wide galaxy universe world peace.

for shie, the loving and model mom for continuing to breastfeed your chikitings even up until this time, i salute you. thanks for the pabaon. it was really appreciated.

for lily, i'll miss our chit chat about some secrets and stuff that only the two of us can talk about. i wish sir nic is on your friends list in fb. :) and the rest of peza higher ups :)

for jesi, good thing i was able to visit you and bram in the hospital. you are the sweetest girl in the group and i know you will be a great mom and wife too to kelvin. keep on working on the next one. nice genes btw.
for bim, time's running out too. hump on that running shoes and go somewhere else dark and kinky and start doing your mini me. :) try beside the cold fridge, it's exciting. lols. door half open with mist coming out. lols.

for tin, i wish you find your lovey dudes in one of your trips around the world. maybe say i do in mt. fuji? or perhaps spend your honeymoon in himalayas. who knows deliver a child in the marianas? (di pala pwede don.) sa tibet na lang close to everest. Then, you will name your child everest (vrooommm....)

for anthony, hands down! stop devouring too much. lols. remember, gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. never mention the word diet ever, ever, ever again. it's not in your vocabulary of words. lols. kid ding aside, il go back one of this days as i still owe you 20%. pabaon  mo na un sa akin. :)

dami kung sinabi, actually eto lang gusto kung sabihin - 

good thoughts and happy life i wish for us all. again, thank you. wherever i might end up, you are always dear to me guys and canine. 

signing off,


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Life as we know it...

Speaking about comfort zones, I have to give up mine. The ardent call of the greens on the other side always seems to beckon. While I have contemplated about these five years ago, the thought of leaving work after clearances and all finally sunk into my system five days before my last day of work. Perhaps, it is the plan-savvy in me that have been kicking in through the years. Before, I joined government service, I gave myself five years and after that I will be on my own. It’s giving back time to the Iskolar ng Bayan in me. Fast forward, I will be turning seven years and finally I gathered all my courage to file my resignation. My immediate boss was teary eyed and she couldn’t get over the news when I dropped the thought about it in one of our pantry conversations. When I asked permission to the Admin Manager, he gave me an option to take an indefinite leave for a year so that I will still have a job should I decide to come back. But it was not in my plan. What was running through my mind that time is I have to stick to my plan come what may. I was caught off guard and unprepared I may say. In the end, I refused the offer and now in a weeks’ time I will be leaving my home and I may say family for the past years.

Leaving, however grandiose and promising the next destination is always bittersweet. I, perhaps can say that it is more painful to the one who will leave that to those who will be left behind. For one, it is one of the most serene and happy phase in my life. It is where I had my two, pretty and lovely daughters with an equally stunning and caring wife. It is where I got my first house and my first vehicle. My first trip abroad. It is where I found contentment. It is where I get to sleep peacefully and soundly every single night. It is where I feel I am complete and couldn’t ask for more. In short, my work gave me all this and I am leaving. 

The good news is, all those things will still be enjoyed in my next endeavour. The only thing that I will miss the most is the company of my colleagues who have been like a family to me. It is my first time to have an immediate superior who never in a single moment have I heard nor see get mad at anyone. Extremely sensitive of her staffs feelings and attitude without compromising the work at hand aside from being outstanding in her work. And most of all, the coming-going in day in and day out of the office and most of all the trips in the country sides. And oh, I will miss the Amanpulo trip. If only they scheduled it before June 30. Deym!!! Anyway, Misibis Bay is a whole better (sour graping). Here's a throwback thursday picture (makiuso lang) taken in Misibis Bay during one of our annual inspections.

Oh, well, speaking about trade offs. 

But then again, life will still continue to churn for me, wifey and ate bob and dax. All for the better. Now that I will be on my own, I will get to have more family time with the girls and visit more interesting places and enjoy life has to offer. 

After all, we only live once. Grab the opportunity that comes your way or else it might slip away.

Monday, June 03, 2013

One Liners...Doggie Doggie

Meet the newest member of the family, "Tori". We bought it for Ate Bob for as a present on her 6th birthday apart from the pink bike she got.

Last night, wifey requested me to get Tori's vitamins (doggie doggie :) much like tiki tiki for kids eh. When I handed it to her, Ate Bob blurted out:

Ate Bob : You know what Papa, I saw Ate Salva (our new oldie yaya) gave that doggie doggie vitamins to Baby Dax.
Me : What? Then I looked for Baby Dax and asked her if it was true that she had the dog vitamins. Then she said:

Baby Dax : No Papa. It was Ate Bob who drink Tori's vitamins.
Ate Bob : No Papa it was Baby Dax.

Quite amused that maybe either one of them was able to drink the puppy vitamins, I asked the yaya if she gave it to them as I was suspecting that maybe both have a dose of it since it is placed alongside their vitamins. Yaya of course denied giving it to them. But the two still kept on reasoning out with me and pointing fingers who was able to take the vitamins. Both seemed sincere though and so I thought yaya must be the culprit.

Lessons learned don't store puppy vitamins side by side with the kids vitamins.

Then it flashed back on me some two years ago when we had a new and oldie yaya too when Ate Bob told me one afternoon that her Auntie Berly used the feminine wash as a shampoo when she gave her a bath.

Oh well, yaya chronicles. I just hope that the two will not end up barking tomorrow after that one dose of doggie doggie vitamins.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Geoffery The Dinosaur

Our 6 year old Ate Bob dreams of many things. She wants to become a doctor for the poor and a popular singer. But last night, when she found a pencil and a pocket notebook, she suddenly wanted to become a story teller for the kids.

Here's the unedited, raw and "as it is" version of the first and "shortest" short story ever written by our little girl.

Made on : May 6, 2013

Geoffery The Dinosaur

Geofffery stomped because he was mad
and mad dinosaurs do not talk to anyone.
then martha the dinosaur came and said:
Geoffery why are you so mad?
Geoffery said: Sid the dinosaur took my soccer ball
yesterday and now he will not give it back.
Martha said: don't worry Im gonna ask Sid to give
your ball back to me and then I will give it to you.
so Martha asked Sid for the ball and then
she told the teacher everything.
and soon Sid was punched. (where did she learn this) lols.
Geoffery got his ball back and every dinosaur
lived happily ever after. The End.

Here's the blurred shots of her masterpiece.

It's nice to be back btw. lols.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One Liners...Bribing : NY Edition

Since I am away from home, my one liners this time is through the accounts of wifey.

With the advent of her graduation day, Ate Bob has to memorize her valedictory speech as required by the school. For three consecutive days now, wifey has been telling me that Ate Bob is so stubborn and would not practice her speech. According to wifey, she has unleashed all her persuasive powers including dagger looks and coercion but to no avail.

Mama : Ate Bob, kelangan mo na i memorize yung speech mo kase nakakahiya pag hindi mo na memorize.
Ate Bob : Silent and not moving.
Mama : Ate Bob, if you like I will buy a new book for you basta ma memorize mo lang yung speech mo.
Ate Bob : Mama, are you trying to bribe me?


Friday, March 15, 2013

Hail to the Valedictorian...

I could not contain my happiness when I learned through wifey that Ate Bob is the class valedictorian of the Advanced Casa. It's like a grand slam for her as she was also the valedictorian in her Junior Casa and Senior Casa Class.  As I write her valedictory address last night, I was a little bit sad that I would not be able to put on her medal on thursday. Most of all I will not be able to see her deliver her valedictory address.

Early this morning, I told her through Skype to practice her speech. I was teary eyed while she was delivering her lines knowing that she is slowly creating a niche of her own.

This is her new class picture. She is the 6th from the left.

Here is her valedictory speech. Before I left last time, I asked her what to put in her speech if ever she becomes the valedictorian. And so most of the content of the speech were hers. It's a simple one.

Valedictory Address
By Ava A. Ventura
Advance Casa Blue
Le-Sil Montessori School
March 21, 2013

Good afternoon everyone! Time flies so very fast. I was a tiny little girl when I started in Junior Casa with Teacher Christel. I still am little I think (gestures the right hand just below the shoulders) but I have gained some pounds (squeezes the cheeks a little and put on a smile).

You see, when I was in Teacher Christel’s class, I used to be talkative. Oh well, until this time I think.  But Junior Casa days was a whole lot of fun. It was the many firsts for all of us. First birthday party in school. First dental check-up. First of everything I guess. Most of all, it our first time to make friends with our classmates. And who will forget our first field trip? We saw carabaos in real life. How cool is that?

Senior Casa days was even more fun. New classmates came in and that means more friends too. I always look forward to Fridays were me and my classmates can play in the playground.  We even get to have a new teacher too. Hello, Teacher Apple.

It was also the time when I started to join singing contest and was able to join PSAP. It was an experience I will never forget. It was the time when I started my singing career apart from my dream of becoming a doctor someday. I even got to have a big billboard with my name on it (stops for a while and smiles). It was my first too. I also gained new friends and learn new things this time under Teacher Apple.

On our Advance Casa days this time with Teacher Chat, we learned more new things. Most importantly, we learn how to write well. It was always writing and writing (pauses again and looks at Teacher Chat with a smile). The most exciting in Advance Casa though is our field trip in Zoobic. That was soooo cool! We get to see tigers and different animals up close and personal. I wanna go back there again (with eyes beaming and a quaint smile).

For all of these, I just want to thank my teachers and the Ate’s who were always there every school day. Helping and providing us with what we needed. We were a little bit naughty sometimes but we enjoyed it so much.

Today is the last day of our pre-school days. And I am a little bit sad. (sad tone in voice)

I remember just before the school opening of Senior Casa, my Mama would not enroll me here but I cried and I begged not to put me in a different school because I love it here. (big clear voice)

For me, there is no other better school than Lesil. (with conviction and strong voice)
 For me, there is no other school where I can find my best friends. (with conviction and strong voice)
For me, there is no other school that can top that.

To my friends, I wish you all the best. For some, this might be our last being together but for those who will stay, see you all in Grade 1. I might have to use my begging and crying powers again but I know I will succeed. Thank you. (smiles before taking a curtsy).

Monday, March 11, 2013

Missing Home

I miss home.

A snowstorm welcomed me the moment I stepped  out  of the of the plane and entered JFK airport last friday afternoon. It was just a breeze going through the US immigration and the biting cold was just too much when I was finally out of the building. Good thing my brother was there with an extra coat. The air coming out from my mouth was forming a steam-like smoke as if a muffler from a century old car.

The day after, the snow melted away. But then it is still cold. Although the sun is scorching hot, the wind has a different sting on my cheek. The mood was dreary too. I dunno. Perhaps because I am in a foreign land and I miss home.

Time will tell whether I can stay a little longer. If I cant then perhaps I will pack my things and head home.

Here's my snow pix as my brother would say. He was insistent in having my pix for my first day right after we got out of the car.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ate Bob Turns 6 Today....

Spell happiness. That's the perfect word that can best describe how I feel since Ate Bob was born 6 years ago up until this time. Truly, God is amazing for bringing in sunshine in my life when I was lost years before I had my daughters. Last Sunday after the the pastor spoke about adversity in life and called for an altar call for those who have big problems in their current life, I could only pray for gratitude as I could not recall any moment lately that I encountered any problem. Instead, I thanked the Lord for giving me a wonderful wife, pretty, smart and lovely daughters and for just making my life complete.  I couldn'ask for more.

Today, as Ate Bob reaches another milestone I could only wish that she and Baby Dax will be in the pink of health all the time as I worry too much when they are sick. And also, I promise myself not to be too hard on her when it comes to her studies unlike during her pre school years when I have to pressure her to get the number 1 spot. But I still wish that come graduation day on March 21, she will deliver the valedictory speech. I will not be here during that day but my mind, body and spirit will be in the stage with her when she claims her rewards.

Later tonight, we will just have a simple dinner for her. She agreed with not having a party in school this year in exchange for a shih tzu puppy and the pink bike. The shih tzu puppy will be delivered on April 6 but the bike was purchased yesterday.

Happy birthday to the smartest, prettiest, lovable and the most beautiful kid in the whole wide world. Op magadodo, poke :)

Here's the birthday girl in her new pink bike

Making a turn this time.

Baby Dax tries her bike too.

Together now.

Life is beautiful indeed!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

One Liners...Center Bolt

Everytime I go home early from an official travel, I see to it that I bring the girls either to the village play ground, church (there's a playground there too) or most of the time the nearby Waltermart Mall ( just 50 steps away from the house I guess). While reading in the Children's Book Section (yes, they do have book section and we only go there to read the opened ones), Baby Dax wanted to answer the call of nature. And so I brought them to the men's rest room although Ate Bob would always insists that we are on the wrong room as they are supposed to be in the girls. Anyway, inside the handicapped cubicle (bigger and with enough space for the three of us), I decided to pee also after the two girls are done. It was the first time for Baby Dax to see me pee. Here's what happened.

Baby Dax : (pulling my shirt from the back while Im doing my thing), Papa you should sit down when you pee. (She pulls some more and with a loud voice commanded me to sit down). Thus, I could hardly aim my pee. Added to that, she would try her best to look at how I pee and so I have to shove her away.

To the rescue is Ate Bob as Baby Dax would not let go of my shirt and keeps on pulling me downwards so that I can sit down.
Ate Bob : (She was laughing at baby dax and she goes) Baby Dax, that's how boys pee, they stand up so that their CENTER BOLT can aim right to the urinal. lols.

Going out of the cubicle, I could only mutter to myself "Sorry Manang Janitor" as my pee is all over the place, in the floor, on the wall and on the toilet seat.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

One Liners...Falsetto

Ate Bob One Sunday Morning

After the Sunday school over the weekend, Ate Bob was too excited in telling me that her sunday school teacher asked her to sing for the class.
Me : So what did you sing for them?
Ate Bob : The song that I usually sing papa (referring to the song "Listen" by Beyonce).
Me : Oh you mean "Listen".
Ate Bob : Yes Papa. And some of my classmates covered their ears.
Me : Why would they do that?
Ate Bob : Because papa I sing at the top of my voice and I did falsetto too.

Curious if she knows the meaning of falsetto, I asked her.

Me : What's a falsetto?
Ate Bob : (with a raised eyebrow) Duh, its the false voice that you use when you cannot reach the high notes.

To which I ended up like the stupid one for not knowing what the word falsetto is. Lols. On second thought, falsetto has the "false" word in it making it maybe, just maybe originate from the false word itself. Now I know. lols.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

One LIners....Eye of God

While passing through the majestic sunset of roxas blvd this afternoon, Ate Bob was in awe and basking on its sheer beauty and calmness. 
Ate Bob : Papa, is it true that the sun is the right eye of God?
I honestly dont know how to answer her question so I followed it up with another question (which i usually do when i dont know how to answer her).
Me : Why did you say it's the right eye?
Ate Bob : Because the moon is the left eye papa.
It's fun learning new things in a different perspective. Lols.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

One Liners... I Love Her

Over the weekend while watching TV in the living room, Baby Dax was her usual self again trying to hurt Ate Bob. For the longest time I have used all the medium I know just to make her stop hurting her Ate Bob physically. Anything she's holding will surely land in her Ate's chubby body. Belts, hangers, cloth, slippers, glares and shouts were to no avail especially when she is really mad. Good thing Ate Bob never raises a hand on her and would just resort to asking for help every time her baby sister would attack her.

Quite feed up of the same situation over and over again, I shouted at Ate Bob when Baby Dax was trying to hurt her again saying "Why don't you fight back everytime she hurts  you?". To which she retorted, "But I love her Papa". That one melted my heart. And she added "If I hurt her back, then she would hurt me some more." I gave her a hug after she said that. I never thought about that because what I was thinking was if she fights back then Baby Dax would stop hurting her.

Then I thought maybe it is a good thing after all that the other one just give way. The musings of daddy cool. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting Back The Number 1 Spot..

Disappointment is the right term when I learned that Ate Bob placed second in her academics during the first trimester. I felt like with her being second means I was not able to give her the correct tutorials that she needed during the first three months of the school year. In short I felt bad. I need to level up my strategies in teaching which have been so challenging to me given that it really puts my patience and perseverance to test. Since I am a hands on dad, I have to bear the pressure and the weight of the work as well.

I am not really sure though how Ate Bob felt that time but she was sad I guess since I saw her eyes drooped when she told me about it. I know I was upset and I was a bit too much to her during that time and for that I am sorry. After that we sat down and strategize what we will do in order to get her number 1 spot. Everyday, it was all encouragement and total brainwashing was in the offing. I have to instill in her that no matter what we will do our best. I know I am reacting too much but I just cannot accept that at the end of the year during her graduation she will not deliver the valedictory address. I would be shattered to pieces if ever that happens. It has been my goal that before I leave on March, I will write her valedictory address. Although I wont be here to witness that faithful day, at least I am a part of it.

And so we worked double time. I have to be home early after office at 6 to be beside her in all her assignments. I help her out in all the upcoming topics and we review all the topics that will be taken up the following day. In short, I do advance tutorials for her. There was no TV during night time. For her arts classes, we would practice together how to use water colors and I would teach her simple techniques. even during play time, I would still quiz her on her math subjects. With regards to her Filipino class, it was doubly challenging learning new Filipino words for her. I would write all the English translations in her book and quiz her about it. And since I photocopied all her books, all the practice exercises in school are done first in the house and repeated in school. Meaning, she always have to do it twice. Poor Ate Bob!

There were times when we would always argue on many things. There were times when she would give up. At times to, it's me who will almost give up as i would have my temper flare up. Voices are raised and sometimes belts are prepared. Tears and bruised feelings would ensue at times. But at the end of the day, we would always hug each other during night time taking everything one at a time.

And so last night, when I got home her eyes beamed like a star and she shouted at the top of her voice while I was still on the gate that she got her number 1 spot back. Cool! I was the picture of happiest dad again! She told me that for now we could celebrate by eating outside.

Two more months and it will be her graduation. That means two more months of sitting down with Ate Bob every afternoon of learning and practicing.Going for the gold! :)

I am a competitive Daddy I know. But I also make sure that the process of learning is fun for Ate Bob. That's what makes our study time more worthwhile.

In other news, let's support PBO in its next project, "PBO's Bazaar for a Cause". And for this project, Ate Bob and Baby Dax will donate their pre-loved dresses with permission from wifey of course.

These dresses were only worn once for our family picture during Christmas of 2010. It carries our own label A & Q (named after Ate Bob and Dax, their real names are Ava and Qada) as we are into small time manufacturing of dresses like these before. Actually, the cloth used were just left overs from the Barbie brand we used to sew :) These dresses would fit into a 2 year old and a 4 year old.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Liners...A New Assistant

Due to cost cutting measures, Daddy Cool has to fire one of our househelps. Directly affected by the sudden decision was Ate Bob. While washing her hands last night before eating she goes:

Ate Bob: Papa, you should get a new assistant for me.

I was curious as to why she would need an assistant for herself and so i asked her.

Papa: And why would you need an assistant?

Ate Bob: Papa, don't you know that Ate Baby is having a hard time handling us both (referring to her sister Baby Dax). You see, she always looks after Baby Dax.

Lols. Of course I did not hire additional house help just for her. It's time to learn the ropes.

Monday, January 14, 2013

One liners...Pumpkins

Me and Ate Bob went for a walk going to my condo unit to collect the monthly rent a while ago. While hwaiting for my tenant, Ate Bob played in the pocket garden and she was amazed
at how the trees have grown so fast. I told her that it is 5 years old too just like her. One palm
tree caught her attention and she goes
Bob : Papa what do you call this tree?
Me : It's called palm tree anak.
Bob : Does it bear fruit or flowers?
Me : uhmm fruits.
Bob : What kind of fruits papa? Is it pumpkins?
Lols.  Sounds like ayt? palm tree palmkin?

What the New Year Will Bring...

Finally, I am able to sit down and scribble some notes for my blog. My first entry for 2013. 

After a tragic 2012 ending, I was extra busy during the first week of 2013 to fix familial matters. I hurriedly went home in the province for three days and do things that were beyond my expectation. First, due to my Uncle's sudden death on new years eve (head on collision which caused his death instantly and sending my two young cousins in the ICU), I felt like I am here and nowhere. Spell floating in the air. My Mom has to be comforted and her blood pressure should be monitored otherwise she will go with her brother in the grave. Then, since I was away for more than a year I have to visit relatives and friends. Spend a beer or two with one group and hop on to another for more rounds of beer.  Hik, hik and more hik!

Back home, I was able to find some quiet time within myself. As my mom's house is situated right in the middle of her fishpond, the atmosphere was perfect to reflect on life, miseries, happiness and relationships. I came back in Manila feeling refreshed and renewed and with new vigor to face what lies ahead. For one, I have resolved to raise the level of my fatherhood duties to my lovely girls including my wife. As I will be leaving soon, I will spend more time with them. I have prepared myself of my next journey for more than a year now but as day of my departure comes closer, I am becoming more unsure. I just have to face the day when the time comes and would just leave quietly without Ate Bob and Baby Dax knowing about it or the house will be flooded with tears.

Well, for 2013 and the rest of it, a toast to unsure days ahead and quality time with the girls....